Baseball Instruction/colliding with catcher

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I understand the sliding into home, but if there is a collision accidental or not, the runner is out, should the runner also be ejected from the game?

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Kenny,

The runner can be ejected from the game if the umpire felt there was a deliberate intent to injure or try to dislodge the ball.  It is not automatic.

In youth leagues, there are times where runners are inexperienced and don't process the situation fast enough and contact is made.  In that instance, the umpire has to use their judgement to determine if there was malicious intent or was it that the runner just didn't know how to slide or avoid in that situation.

I hope this has helped.

-Martin Hoover

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Questions regarding the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball and Softball. Questions regarding the history and organization of Little League Baseball at local, state, regional, and international levels. Advise regarding certain operational procedures and recommendations to Local League representatives.

Experience

Volunteer Little League Umpire since 2000; 2003 Little League, Junior League, Senior League and Big League Softball European Regional Umpire; 2005 Little League Softball Western Regional Umpire; 2007 Junior Softball Western Regional Umpire; 2011 Little League Softball World Series Umpire; Hesperia National (Hesperia, CA) Little League Board of Directors (2003-2012); President- Hesperia National Little League Board of Directors (2005-2011); Little League District Administrator (2012-present).

Organizations
Little League Baseball, Inc is the main operational center. I fall under Little League Western Region, and California District 49. I currently serve as a Little League District Administrator.

Education/Credentials
Western Regional Junior Umpire School(2000)(Named Outstanding Junior Umpire of the Western Region Area); Have instructed at numerous umpire schools & clinics.

Awards and Honors
Outstanding Junior Umpire of the Western Regional Area(2000)

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